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Conference Connection: Find the Fed at industry events this spring

The Federal Reserve, and specifically Federal Reserve Financial Services (FRFS), will be engaging with the payments industry at this spring’s conferences and webinars. These and other events will enable you to learn more about FRFS, including the latest about the FedNowSM Service to be launched in mid-2023, and many other topics related to the exciting future of payments.

Most recently, the industry heard from multiple Fed speakers at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) (Off-site) Feb. 26 – March 2, ePay Connect (Off-site) March 12-14 and ICBA LIVE (Off-site) March 12-16. Conference attendees also were able to visit the FRFS booth on the exhibit floors of both CUNA GAC and ICBA LIVE. Relationship managers were on hand to discuss the FedNow Service (Off-site), FedPayments® Insights Service, the Synthetic Identity Fraud Mitigation Toolkit (Off-site) and more.

Look for the Fed at these and other upcoming events:


Dan Gonzalez Photo

The Consumer Bankers Association is helping its members learn more about instant payments at its annual conference, CBA LIVE (Off-site). Sure to be well-attended: a panel discussion on March 27 from 9-9:50 a.m. PT featuring Dan Gonzalez, vice president of national and processor accounts for Federal Reserve Financial Services.

ABA Webinars on the FedNow Service

The American Bankers Association continues to help its members prepare to offer payments services using the FedNow Service. Its upcoming webinars include How to Build your FedNow Service Roadmap Today (Off-site) from noon to 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 1 with Joni Hopkins, vice president of customer relations for FRFS; Stephanie Miracle PhotoPreparing for Always-On Operations with the FedNow Service (Off-site) from noon to 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 16, with panelists that include Dan Gonzalez, vice president of national and processor accounts; and Exploring Benefits and Use Cases with the FedNow Service (Off-site) from noon to 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 12, featuring Stephanie Miracle, director, FedNow Service product management (pictured).

Nacha Smarter Faster Payments 2023

Nacha’s annual conference is always a crowd-pleaser — and its in-person conference (Off-site) in Las Vegas April 16-19 and Remote Connect (Off-site) event May 8-10 promise to be no exception.

A highlight of the Las Vegas conference will be the Federal Reserve Town Hall (Off-site) from 1:45-2:35 p.m. PT on Monday, April 17. The audience will hear perspectives from Federal Reserve Financial Services leaders Cheryl Venable, chief of payments operations; Shonda Clay, chief of product and relationship management; Nick Stanescu, senior vice president and business executive for the FedNow Service; Nell Campbell-Drake, vice president of industry relations; as well as Susan Foley, deputy director, Federal Reserve Board of Governors (photos below).

Cheryl Venable, Shonda Clay, Nick Stanescu, Nell Campbell-Drake, Susan Foley

FRFS presenters at Nacha also include Guy Berg, vice president of the payments, standards and outreach group, on the digital highway to transforming business-to-business payments; and Mike Timoney, vice president of payments improvement, on the future trajectory of remote authentication fraud. For a full list of Fed speakers and topics, including the current state and operations governance of the ACH network, instant payments and central bank digital currency, visit the Nacha website (Off-site). If you plan to attend the conference, visit us at our booth.

Visit the FedPayments Improvement Events (Off-site) to stay current with upcoming Federal Reserve Financial Services presentations.


The Federal Reserve Banks do not sponsor or endorse any of the non-Federal Reserve Bank-related products, parties or entities discussed in this publication.

All session information for the events mentioned is accurate as of the publication date.